Welcome back to reality !
I’m sure you had almost started thinking of yourself as a global citizen as you wished each other “Merry Christmas” and partied well over the weekend. Especially to those in Kathmandu and cities. I’m sure some of you had already made plans for the New Year celebration. Life was sailing all right. You had those usual complaints and ideas on how to improve the system in the country but even without them, things seemed to be working just fine. At least they weren’t getting on your way. The crippling strikes (bandhas) and road-blockades wouldn’t deter you from doing your work or enjoying your leisure (Read: Nation of Strikes). Who cares about Nepalese politics anyway?
That was until I read the news today that next week onwards, we’ll have eight hours of power cut every day. Another 15 days, and the duration will be ten hours. Soon, it will be sixteen-hour a day.
Well friends, welcome back to reality ! I think power-cuts should be a part of our national priority and policy-agenda. Nothing, not even strikes, has as strong effect of grounding the unruly youths of the nation, as the power-cut schedule has. To those guilty of thinking of themselves as competitive and capable-of-anything generation of energetic youth, nothing is as humbling as this schedule. Back to where your belong, fellas!
It was about a year ago that I wrote a couple of posts on the same topic. I just went through them, and found some points worth repeating:
- I challenge you to contemplate – really stop and think for a moment - what your life would be like if you had to live 10 hours of each and every day without electricity.
- Jules West on Kura Kaani and Jai Nepal
- It’s gonna be 82 hours/week from tomorrow. 12 hours for 6 days and 10 for the one remaining day. More reason to celebrate the glorious darkness in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
- ShutUp, commenting on More Darkness
- Oh BTW, I heard some stats that said the city with the most load-shedding (least electric power) – major city that is – in the world is Kabul, Afghanistan. Kathmandu is #2.
- sirensongs, commenting on The Load Shedding Conspiracy
- Life, so blissed to be so utterly ignorant and so happily incapable of any voice and resistance, of anything at all beyond frustration, dejection and surrender. Of course, in Nepal, all this and more go on as if this is the way things should have always been. (from The Load Shedding Conspiracy)
With an predicted economic crisis (triggered by a liquidity crunch) in six months, and a foreseen political crisis in four months, load-shedding was just the missing ingredient for a wonderful new year gift for the population.
Ankur on Load Shedding:
अँध्यारोमा जन्मेको थ्यौ, अँध्यारोमै मर
घुस खाको पैसा बाँकि भए, जेनेरेटरमा भर ।
Meanwhile, I recently read about people like us declaring independence from Nepal and forming a separate country.
And, oh yes – Happy New Year 2010.